I worked at US Agricultural Research Service (More than 3 years)
As a student, they were very flexible with the schedule.
When the government shuts down, you can't work and therefore make money.
I applied through an employee referral. I interviewed at US Agricultural Research Service.
Nothing too special or difficult. I went in to meet with the members of the laboratory I would be working with. Everyone was very welcoming and explained the general role I would have. Asked about my experience and educational background.